February 17, 2011

Emotions & Changing People’s Behaviour: Part 3

In August 2008 Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

In part 1 and 2 of this blog I shared some of the scientific research that shows how we affect other people’s emotional state and behaviour. Now I want to share how you can control your emotional state and your business outcomes.

A study by Drs Yu and Ranganathan from the Lerner Institute in 2004 confirmed a long held belief that mental rehearsal or visualisation can affect performance.

They created two groups:

Group 1 tensed the muscles of their little finger 15 minutes a day for 12 weeks.

Group 2 visualised tensing the same muscle for the same period of time instead.

After 12 weeks, group 1 had increased their strength by 53%, but group 2 had increased their strength by 35%, which is pretty impressive considering they were only pretending to do an exercise!

Now let’s just be clear, in order to influence your staff, or sell to your customers you can’t just visualise them, you do actually have to go and see them!

However, when it comes to success, visualisation only takes us part of the way. When I was preparing for my Edinburgh show I realised very quickly that visualising an audience laughing at my jokes was not enough.

Psychologists Vasquez and Buehler in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 33 (2007) reviewed all the published research on the power of mental imagery and showed that people were more successful when they visualised not only the result they wanted but also the precise steps they would have to take to get there.

Scientists have even studied the neurochemistry of success. When we are engaged in an activity our brains are bathed in catecholamines. When we fear failure cortisol comes into play as part of the stress response. In a laboratory environment involving mathematics challenges, Lundberg and colleagues showed that increased levels of cortisol negatively affected performance. Those individuals who expected to be successful were successful twice as often as those who feared failure.

Dr Alice Isen, a psychologist at Cornell University, has conducted years of experiments in this area.  Her research indicates that being optimistic before an event can even affect your negotiating skills.  In a study she carried out in 1986, her results showed that negotiators who spent just 5 minutes looking at funny cartoons before going into negotiations were much more effective than those who didn’t get themselves into a similar positive state.

When I faced my Edinburgh challenge I regularly visualised success whilst at the same time looked at ways to overcome the various hurdles that other comics told me I would face.  Before I went on stage I often read a funny article or watched a funny video on You Tube. Did it help? I don’t know, but it certainly helped relax me, which can only be a good thing…

Click here to watch Marc’s showreel. If you would like to find out more about Marc, visit www.marchoganlive.com or to book him for a speaking event please contact your favourite speaker bureau.

February 15, 2011

Upcoming Comedy in February & March

In August 2008 Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

Just a few dates for your comedy diary:

Thursday Feb 24th Hemel Hempstead

Compering at the Funny Roundabout Comedy Club with the very very funny Paul Foot headlining.

You can find out more here.

Thursday March 3rd London

Compering my new acts/new material night Desperately Seeking Stagetime.

For more details check out our facebook page here.

Friday March 18th Watford

Compering at a Red Nose Comic Relief Charity Event at the Horns music venue in Watford.

Click here to watch Marc’s showreel. If you would like to find out more about Marc, visit www.marchoganlive.com or to book him for a speaking event please contact your favourite speaker bureau.

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February 14, 2011

Valentines Day

In August 2008 Marc Hogan was bet £1 that he couldn’t become a stand up comic in less than 12 months and perform a one man comedy show at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in August 2009 for 21 nights. He won the bet!

All of us at sometime have spotted a beautiful person across the dance floor but have not approached because the “Editor” told us 

“this person is too beautiful and I am too ugly”,

but then again we’ve all seen some beautiful people who go out with some very ugly people…

or as Bertrand Russell the Nobel prize winning philosopher put it;

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”

Click here to watch Marc’s showreel. If you would like to find out more about Marc, visit www.marchoganlive.com or to book him for a speaking event please contact your favourite speaker bureau.

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